Mary Ann Rhodes Swartzendruber

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Mary Ann Swartzendruber (Rhodes)

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Birthplace: Kalona, Washington County, IA, United States
Death: January 05, 1937 (66)
Weatherford, Custer County, OK, United States (Pneumonia)
Place of Burial: 94948 N2450 Road, Hydro, Blaine County, OK, 73048, United States
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Daughter of Jacob J. Rhodes and Polly Miller Rhodes
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Mother of Private; Alva Swartzendruber; Ira Swartzendruber; Private; Private and 6 others
Sister of Christian J Rhodes; Mattie Kempf and Anna Swartzendruber

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About Mary Ann Rhodes Swartzendruber

Swartzendruber.-Mary Ann, daughter of Jacob and Polly Rhodes, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Oct. 31, 1870; died Jan. 5, 1937; aged 66 y. 2 m. 5 d. She accepted Christ as her Savior in her girlhood and united with the Amish Church. Oct. 27, 1891, she was united in marriage to Valentine Swartzendruber. In 1898 she with her husband and children left her Iowa home and moved to Centralia, Mo., where they resided for seven years. In 1905 they moved to the farm, near Hydro, Okla., which has since been their home. Her life as a pioneer mother was not an easy one but she was always hopeful and cheerful, teaching her children by example that the happy life is one of trust in the Savior and service to others; In December, 1915, she with her husband and children transferred their church membership to the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Her husband died in August, 1920. She was left with the responsibility of bringing up her ten children, some of whom were quite small. She is survived by 4 sons (Alva, Fred, Valentine, Jacob), and 6 daughters (Nora-Mrs. Henry Eichelberger, Polly-Mrs. Joe Detweiler, Barbara, Mattie, Mary Jane, and Katie Anna), all of whom were with her in her last hours. One son (Ira) died in childhood. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 1 sister (Mrs. Mattie Kempf) and 1 brother (Chris Rhodes), both of Kalona, Iowa. She attended her last church service on Dec. 27, last, and took sick that night. On Dec. 31 she was taken to the hospital at Weatherford, Okla., but the serious case of pneumonia that had developed proved too great a strain on the already weak heart. She will be missed by all who knew her but especially in the home where she was so constantly a ray of God's sunshine. She expressed a hope of going to heaven and a desire to meet all of her children there. We are greatly comforted by several expressions made during her last hours, such as: "My home is on high," and "The angels are coming." Funeral services were held on Jan. 6. Bro. John Slagell conducted the short service at the home. Bro. Milo Kauffman, assisted by Bro. Amos Gingerich, both of Hesston, Kans., had charge of the service at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

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Mary Ann Rhodes Swartzendruber's Timeline

1870
October 31, 1870
Kalona, Washington County, IA, United States
1894
April 1, 1894
Johnson County, Iowa, United States
1896
December 8, 1896
Kalona, Washington County, IA, United States